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New Provincial Elected
Society of Mary Marist Fathers & Brothers of the U.S.A. Province
Elect Fr. Paul Frechette, SM, As Next Provincial

Fr. Paul Frechette, SM, newly elected provincial for the Society of Mary US Province
Fr. Paul Frechette, SM

12/17/14 - Rev. Paul F. Frechette, SM, has been elected to become the next Provincial for the Society of Mary (Marists) Province of the U.S. He was chosen by his fellow Marist priests and brothers to lead the province over the next three years.

Rev. Timothy (Ted) Keating, SM, who has led the U.S. Province for two successive three-year terms, described the selection of Fr. Paul as a Marist marked by the deep values of the Society, a marked love for the poor and marginalized, and an excellent vision for the Society in these times of change in the Society and Church.

Ordained on May 29, 1976, Fr. Frechette began his Marist ministry in a small parish in Maine and, in the years that followed, served in retreat houses, urban parish ministries and in missionary work in Peru. From 2001 to 2009, he served the Society of Mary at the global level as an elected member of the six-member General Administration in Rome, overseeing the Marists in the Americas, Spain, the Philippines, the Missions, as well as the Congregation's work in Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in Rome.

He recently served the Society as Director of Postulancy, Director for Initial and Continuing Formation, and was the director for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. He is President of the Board of Directors of Fe y Vida, the national non-profit Catholic leadership institute working in the field of Hispanic youth and young adult ministry in the United States.

Fr. Frechette assumed duties as Provincial on July 1, 2015.